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Man Ran Down, Killed Teen He Thought Was ‘Republican Extremist’: Police

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A North Dakota man who cops say was drunk when he ran on down and killed a teen in an alleyway claimed the 18 year old was a “Republican extremist” and had been threatening him after an argument over politics, according to police.

Shannon Brandt, 41 years old, was arrested for vehicular homicide following the death of Cayler Elliottson on Sunday in McHenry. McHenry is a small community two hours northwest Fargo. WDAY reported, citing court documents that Brandt claimed to have told police that the death resulted from an argument over politics.

“He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

Cayler Ellingson, 18, died Sunday after allegedly being run down by a drunk driver who thought he was a "Republican extremist."

Cayler Ellingson, 18, died Sunday after allegedly being run down by a drunk driver who thought he was a “Republican extremist.” (GoFundMe)

Brandt called 911 at 2:30 AM Sunday to inform a dispatcher that he had attacked Ellingson. The site reported that he also cited a criminal complaint. According to police, Brandt was drunk and claimed Ellingson was part a Republican extremist group. He was also urging others, according to the site.

Prosecutors claim that Ellingson called his mother moments before he was shot to tell her that Brandt was following him after a street dance. Her son was already dead when the woman arrived on the scene. Police were shocked to learn that the mother of the victim did not believe her son was his murderer.

“We are still trying to determine what, exactly, transpired at the time of crash and prior to that as well,” Niewind said. “We do not know of any witnesses. We are still making attempts to interview potential witnesses from the street dance, people that were present prior to the crash happening.”

Brandt could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He was initially detained at the Statesman County Jail after posting $50,000 bond. According to police, he could face additional severe charges as the investigation progresses.

“I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge, according to WDAY.

Ellingson’s loved ones set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his funeral and said his parents, Sheri and Cole, and his brother, Chase, are devastated.

“Chase and Cayler are the heart of Sheri and Coles life,” wrote Nicole Clifton Geiszler. “Unfortunately, in the early hours on Sunday, September 18, 2022 their lives changed forever. Their other son Chase, and Cayler were taken too soon. A thing no parent should ever have to endure in their life is to lose a child.”

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